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Big Twelve Review: Sooners out-classed by Buckeyes; Cowboys pass past Pittsburgh; Texas disappoints in California

Ohio State Routs OU while Oklahoma State wins over ACC’s Pittsburg while Texas cannot stop the Cal Bears passing game 

 

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Baker Mayfield of the Sooners barks out the signal in the Oklahoma/Ohio State game in Norman, OK, on Saturday, September 18, 2016 (Photo Credit: Fred Pahlke)

Ohio State beats Oklahoma 45-24 in Norman-The Buckeyes are a contender for the National Title this year, next year, and for the foreseeable future. Speed on defense, a stout offensive line, a solid mistake free quarterback, and an exceptional wide receiver was too much for the Sooners Saturday night.  The largest sports crowd in Oklahoma state history, a shade under 88,000, watched the rout, after an hour and one half minute delay for weather. The Urban Meyer coached Bucks, the youngest Division One team in the country, played some serious football with showcasing the best collective athletes on any football team just north of Tuscaloosa.

 

OU was beaten on the field and in the coaching box, as the Sooner offense was lacking in getting their best player, Joe Mixon, the ball on a consistent basis, while Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops had no answers in getting his defenders to stop the effective Ohio State running and passing game.   I might add the Ohio State’s BEST DAMN BAND IN THE LAND was every bit as fine as any in the country. It was fabulous during their halftime performance in dotting the I in scrip Ohio.

 

On a personal note, and as a college football fan, I totally enjoyed watching a great team play.   The Buckeyes reminded me of  many former Sooner teams that were so much better than even the good teams they would play. OU is actually a good football team and will win most of the games to play this year.  Yet, Ohio State was that much better Saturday, smacking the Sooners into their second loss in three games.  OU was on the receiving end of some Bucknut haymakers Saturday. The almost two hour delay and the $125 face value ticket price was well worth it.  (Sooner fans, the bar has been set and it is up to the football coaches and administration to get with it to make OU football like it was when the Sooners were not just playing the best teams but beating them.  The ball is in President David Boren and Coach Bob Stoops field of play.  Time to get with it.  Another Ohio State thumping is just a short year away.

 

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OHIO STATE Band

 

 

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Brett Deering / Getty Images Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman looks down the fuekd against the Oklahoma State Cowboys Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla.

 

 

Oklahoma State proved that they can be a very good passing team if the opponent’s pass defense is terrible. The Pokes 42-35 win in Stillwater showcased Mason Rudolph and James Washington as the best pass catch combination in the Big Twelve.  If you can’t stop the pass you are in for a long day when you play O-State.  Pittsburgh is not a bad team and the win was every bit as good for the conference as the Texas upset of Notre Dame in the first week of the season. The Panthers and Irish are very close in more ways than just talent.  A solid win for the Big Twelve.

 

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Baylor’s KD Canon scores against Rice Saturday. Photo: www.daytodailynews.com

 

 

Baylor played a sluggish first half against a bad Rice Owl team and finished them off with a better second half performance, winning 38-10 in Waco.  Baylor should be showing more than they have in their first three games against suspect opponents and I think they will come out next week and play much better against the Cowboys in another home contest.  More on this key matchup later in the week.

 

 

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Photo by Nick Krug. Enlarge photo. Kansas defensive end Ben Goodman (10) dives to force Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) out of bounds during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Memorial Stadium. At right is Kansas defensive tackle Tyler Holmes (94).

 

 

Memphis was too much for Kansas as the Jayhawks lose a road game 43-7.  Kansas was not good as usual.

 

 

 

 

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TCU and Iowa State battle it out in Fort Worth-Photo: AP

 

TCU was all over Iowa State in conference action 41-20 in Fort Worth.  Iowa State was not good as usual. TCU did what they needed to do to win. Not an impressive win for the Frogs.

 

 

 

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Kansas State wide receiver Deante Burton (6) gets past Florida Atlantic defensive back Raekwon Williams (23) as he runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

 

Kansas State had an easy win over a weak Florida Atlantic team.  The Wildcats named the score 63-7 in the Little Apple.

 

 

 

 

LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes II #5 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reaches for the pylon and scores a touchdown during the game Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on September 17, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 59-45. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

LUBBOCK, TX – SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes II #5 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reaches for the pylon and scores a touchdown during the game Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on September 17, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 59-45. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

 

Texas Tech win at home over Louisiana  Tech 58-45.  Same story on defense for the Red Raiders. That defense might break records this year in Lubbock, and not the good ones.

 

 

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California quarterback Davis Webb (7) celebrates at the end of the team’s 50-43 win over Texas in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. Photo: Ben Magot, AP

 

 

California proved that Texas might have some issues on defense as the Bears take the home win at 50-43. Every loss for Coach Strong is a major setback and brings the coach closer to being fired sometime this season.  Not a good game for the Horns.

 

 

 

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Ohio State’s Mike Weber (25) battles for yardage against Oklahoma’s Will Johnson and Emmanuel Beal (14) during Saturday night’s game at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Photo: MORROWCOUNTYSENTINEL

 

 

Big Twelve Weekly Ranking
  1. West Virginia
  2. Oklahoma State
  3. Oklahoma
  4. TCU
  5. Baylor
  6. Texas
  7. Kansas State
  8. Texas Tech
  9. Iowa State
  10. Kansas
Right now the top eight teams have the potential to win any given Saturday in the Conference. Even Tech with that point a minute defense can not be counted out. They will score on everyone in the league and if you turn it over and don’t match the scoring machine of Mahomes you can get beat.

 

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Ohio State’s Mike Weber (25) battles for yardage against Oklahoma’s Will Johnson and Emmanuel Beal (14) during Saturday night’s game at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Photo: MORROWCOUNTYSENTINEL

 

 

Feature photo: OSU defenders stop Pitt runner in game action. Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 64 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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